A Williamsburg institution since 2001, Union Pool may be best known for its massive outdoor backyard, which features tons of seating, an El Diablo taco truck that seems extra delicious at 2AM and a fire pit in the winter. First and foremost a bar (the stage area is separate from the main bar), all shows are 21+, and this is one of the few places in Williamsburg that this is strictly enforced (expect to be ID’d at the door). This place gets pretty crowded on weekend nights—expect tourists and birthday parties—but it is significantly more relaxed on weekdays.
Union Poll is a venue that you can plan a night around—come before the show for happy hour from 5-9 and if you want to stay out afterwards, a DJ will be spinning until 4AM every day of the week. The tacos will keep you there, but the unusual-even-for-Williamsburg proportion of blackout drunk bachelorettes and Russian tourists may drive you away.